Precision agriculture means growers are constantly pushing the envelope to monitor crops and turn that data into decision-making tools which offer an economic edge. For some that means in-field video feed, for others its uploading captured photos for viewing remotely. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
Now KenCast is offering the next level of aerial imagery. Using HD streaming cellular or satellite networks the company provides real-time video feed of a farmer’s fields. The product is portable and lower in cost than you might think. The results are effective and high preforming without the need to visit each field.
The key to these products lies in how the video is transmitted from the field to the Internet. Embedded within these devices are multiple cellular modems whose bandwidths are “bonded” together to create a large data pipeline (think “multiple cell phones working in conjunction, embedded within a single box”).
The video is distributed across these connections based on available bandwidth to establish a strong, reliable connection. Multiple cellular providers’ SIM cards are used concurrently to avoid relying on one single network’s coverage.
For farms that fall within a cellular network range, this solution enables reliable live video broadcast to the Internet with little delay. For farms outside of network footprints, many of these products can be used in conjunction with small satellite dishes for portable satellite connectivity.
Growers also have options for high-bandwidth capabilities that allow rapid file upload to a cloud platform. Other options include the size and shape of the devices, ranging from servers to portable backpack units.
All options provide simple to use technology. Connect to the Internet and you’re good to go. Users can then watch their HD feed from a web-based streaming platform, generally with less than five seconds of delay. Watch on your PC or from a smart device, either iOS or Android. Streaming footage is also stored in the cloud for later viewing.
Check out their website to learn more, or plan to attend Interdrone in September to speak with a team member.